MANILA, Philippines - Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said the other day import Brian Butch’s numbers in the Bolts’ 94-76 loss to San Miguel Beer indicate he’s not the problem but a major part of the solution to bring the team back into championship contention.
Butch, the tallest import in the conference at 6-10 1/4, compiled 29 points and 21 rebounds with three steals and two blocked shots in 42 minutes in his PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday. Jared Dillinger, playing point guard in place of injured Mike Cortez, was scoreless in 25 minutes. The Beermen blew the Bolts off the court with more assists, 27-8, rebounds, 56-49, second chance points, 26-18, three-point shots, 6-3, fastbreak points, 16-6 and steals, 10-7. San Miguel also limited Meralco to 35 percent field goal shooting.
Cortez’ absence was telling. He tore the meniscus in his right knee during a Meralco game against Globalport last Dec. 28 and sat out the Bolts’ last five games of the Philippine Cup. Meralco failed to qualify for the playoffs. Meralco media officer Virgil Villavicencio said Cortez may be back in action within two or three weeks but Gregorio wasn’t too optimistic, listing him as “uncertain” for the Commissioner’s Cup.
Dillinger tried to fill in for Cortez last Friday but was in no condition to play. “J. D. played sick,” said Gregorio. “Blood tests show that he has an acute respiratory bacterial infection. He has been instructed to stay home and take the prescribed anti-biotics and meds.” Gregorio said Butch delivered big numbers against San Miguel and “the import is not yet an issue.” What he mentioned to be critical is local support which was clearly lacking in the San Miguel game where the Meralco bench was outscored, 40-12....
Primetime games of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup will air live over TV5 at 8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
Fans can get more basketball action on the weekend as TV5 will air two games every Saturday, with the first game at 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The action continues on Super Ball Sunday, which features doubleheaders beginning at 3 p.m. along with Sports5 Center....
No less than PBA chairman Ramon Segismundo is backing Gilas’ bid to play as the 11th team in the Governors Cup slated to start in early May. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios hopes it happens, too. And Gilas national coach Chot Reyes would be ecstatic if the PBA Board of Governors agrees.
The PBA Board has actually bent over backwards in adjusting the season schedule to allow more training time for Gilas. Originally, the 39th season would’ve ended sometime the third week of August, leaving barely a month for Gilas to prepare for the FIBA World Cup in Spain on Aug. 30-Sept. 14. To accommodate Gilas, the PBA Board reduced the finals of both the Commissioner’s and Governors Cup from best-of-seven to best-of-five, shortened the rest periods in between conferences and compressed the elimination schedules. For the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup, for instance, four elimination doubleheaders are calendared on a Saturday, usually not a playing day.
Additionally, the PBA Board gave Reyes blanket authority to choose any player from any team to add to the Gilas pool. Reyes took the cue and enlisted Rain Or Shine’s Paul Lee, Meralco’s Jared Dillinger, Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and San Miguel Beer’s Marcio Lassiter to bring up the cast to 17. The pool includes the 12 who played at the FIBA-Asia Championships and reserve Beau Belga of Rain Or Shine but excludes Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche whose naturalization is now on third reading in Congress. Subsequently, Slaughter and Lassiter begged off citing valid reasons....
MANILA -- Aside from being a professional basketball player, Paul Artadi's love for the sport has also made him a successful businessman.
In an interview with Karen Davila on "MyPuhunan," Artadi said he started selling basketball shoes online through his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
He started with 10 pairs of shoes, worth around P70,000. Despite the price of his products, he was able to sell all of them, and he got back his capital in just two weeks....
Import Josh Boone led the team with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Arwind Santos also tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Doug Kramer had 14 points and six rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter notched 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Interim head coach Biboy Ravanes welcomed the franchise's name change, reverting from the Petron Blaze Boosters tag it had used for the past few years. Ravanes also acknowledged the lofty expectations that fans associate with the monicker:...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||7th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||3||5||0.375||8th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|